International Atomic Agency Chief: Climate goals difficult without increasing nuclear capacity

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Without significantly increasing the use of nuclear power worldwide, it will be difficult to achieve the goal of reducing harmful emissions and fighting climate change, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), has said.

Cornel Feruta, the acting director-general of the agency, was speaking in Vienna, at the opening of the first-ever International Conference on Climate Change and the Role of Nuclear Power.

The seminar brought together some 550 participants from 79 countries, and 18 international organisations, to exchange science-based information, and hold objective discussions on the role of nuclear power in mitigating the climate crisis.

The IAEA pointed out that nuclear power contributes around one-third of all low carbon electricity, producing practically no greenhouse gases, and some 10% of the total electricity produced worldwide.

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However, the IAEA accepted that there are persistent public concerns about the potential dangers to health and the environment caused by radioactive waste from nuclear plants.

Responding to this concern, Feruta said there are advances made concerning the disposal of such material may alleviate fears about the long-term sustainability of the energy source.

Also speaking at the event, Liu Zhenmin, the under-secretary-general for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), echoed Feruta’s remarks, and said that the problem of radioactive waste is an “unresolved issue” that needs to be addressed.

(ESI Africa and Power Engineering are both part of Clarion Energy. Story reused with permission).

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